Wednesday's Words

April 27, 2022

What's Inside

- Family Letter

- Coin Drive for Ukraine
- Animals in School Policy Update

- D.A.R.E. to Dream Summer Camp programs

- Health and Wellness Upcoming Event

- NPS Employment Opportunities

- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

- 2021-2022 Yearbook Information

- Norfolk PTO 5th/6th Grade Promotion Fundraisers!

- Community News:

- Classroom Happenings

Dear Families,

It is exciting and hard to believe that Sunday is the first of May. May is a busy month for schools and families with activities and events filling up our calendars. As the year draws to a close, our schools are busy preparing for various classroom and school celebrations, end of year assessments and planning for the next school year. Traditionally, May is also a time we celebrate our students' achievements and it is a wonderful feeling to be able to resume most of our regular end of year events.

May also has numerous notable events and holidays such as Memorial Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day. There are other celebrations that you might not be aware of that make May a little extra special. See the list below if you are looking for additional ways to celebrate May through fun and educational activities. Click on the links for correlating activities and resources.

Month Long Celebrations:

Get Caught Reading Month (link)

The Association of American Publishers nationally launched Get Caught Reading Month to remind people how much fun it is to read. Celebrate this month by having your child see how many books they can read in the month of May.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Celebrate by getting active, learning about nutrition, and creating sports crafts. Kids and teens need at least 60 minutes of #PhysicalActivity each day. Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month with your family by finding new ways to #GetActive and #MoveYourWay! Learn about the benefits of physical activity today: #MoveInMay

American Bike Month (link)

Celebrate American Bike month by going on family bike rides. It’s a great opportunity to reinforce bike safety and to learn the rules of the road. Here is a link to local bike trails.

Specific Events

May 1: May Day

Celebrate May Day and spring with these 10 crafts and activities from Green Kids Each bullet point is a link to the listed activity.

May 4: Star Wars Day “May the Fourth Be With You”

This is a day to celebrate the Star Wars culture and have a Star Wars themed family movie night. Here is a link with some star wars themed sensory and craft ideas (link).

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day (link)

What's a better way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day than to bake some cookies with your child! For some added fun, try these Hershey Chocolate Bar math activities (link). Fractions have never tasted better.

Wishing you a wonderful month of May,

Victoria Saldana, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

Coin Drive for Ukraine

Norfolk Public Schools would like to support the children of Ukraine by holding a coin drive to help bring clean drinking water to areas of need.

  1. Bring your loose change: Donation jars will be placed in each classroom where students can deposit the loose change they bring in and watch the jar grow!

  2. Make a family donation: Families can donate by sending a check in with their students. Please make checks payable to: Norfolk Public Schools

Click on picture for more information

Animals in School Policy Update

The School Committee voted last meeting to update the Animals in School Policy. No dogs will be allowed on the playground, playing fields, or building walkways during drop off and dismissal. Please see Animals in School Policy Update for complete and specific information.

Health and Wellness Upcoming Event

• Monday, May 2, 2022, 6:30 pm

The King Philip, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham Schools will host “Let’s Talk about Mental Health,” a workshop for parents and caregivers aimed at increasing mental health literacy and gaining skills to support mental wellbeing of their children. Applicable to parents/caregivers and educators at all levels. Let’s Talk about Mental Health flier

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

As you may know, the PTO organizes a teacher appreciation luncheon every spring on the half day that falls in May. This year the luncheon will be held on Friday, May 27th and we are asking for assistance in two ways:

1. Cash donations that will be put towards catering - please Venmo to @Lynn-Kealty or send in cash donations to school in an envelope with Lynn Kealty's name. No amount is too small, and any donation is appreciated!

2. Donate goods to be dropped off at school the day before or day of the luncheon. A sign up for each school is below. We are also looking for a few people to decorate at HOD.

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Thank you for helping us put on an amazing luncheon to thank our wonderful teachers and school staff!

~ Norfolk PTO

2021-2022 Yearbook Information

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Purchase and customize your H. Olive Day School and/or Freeman Kennedy School yearbook by Friday, April 29!



DPW hosting Town Tree Planting Arbor Day Events this weekend!

Pick up your FREE 18"-24" White Oak seedling ready to plant with instructions.

• Friday, April 29th from 12PM -3PM @ Norfolk Department of Public Works

• Saturday, April 30th from 8AM-4PM @ Norfolk Transfer Station

ARBOR DAY Tree Planting demonstration is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 30th @ Norfolk Cemetery, 24 Seekonk Street

Click on flyer for more details.

Norfolk Lions 11th Annual Community Day Youth Art Show!

Promoting our community through the arts

• 3D art accepted!

• Open to all Norfolk residents in grades 1 through 6

All art to represent 'What Does Your Community Look Like to You'

• Entry deadline is Friday, June 3rd, 2022

• Prizes to be awarded - (click on picture for more information)

When: June 11th

Where: Holmes Complex, 22 Myrtle Street

Norfolk Recreation Programs!

Grade 5 AIMM with Mrs. O'Shea!